Dear young people, parents, members of the staff, alumni and well-wishers of this great school,
Thank you for the warm welcome I have received from all of you. Your friendliness and openness has been the encouragement, if I ever needed it, to enter whole heartedly into my responsibilities at St Columba’s.
I am passionate about my vocation as a Christian Brother and the God-given opportunity it gives to me help lead especially, but not solely, the young people on campus to discover themselves and give them the flying start they deserve in life.
Life, as we experience it today, is so dynamic and exciting - a wonderful world in which to live ! I am not blind to the very real challenges our world faces. But confident that there is a loving and caring God who sees the big picture, I choose not to be bogged down by negativity and to try and take up difficulties as opportunities; to set aside negativity and be positive; to focus on what can be achieved rather than curse the darkness.
Knowing that the Divine believes in me, in us and future of the world and the universe, I see my vocation as passing on this confidence to especially the young people at school, but as importantly to the members of the staff who actually interact directly with the young people and parents.
Bro Edwin D’Souza (the Community Leader), Mrs Anita Ghai (Headmistress: Junior School), Mrs Sangeeta Sheel (Headmistress : Middle School), Mrs Iris Fredrick (Administrator : Senior School) and myself have already begun working very closely together as the Core Team which will, with the respective staffs in the different sections of the school, the Administrative Staff and our co-workers, continue to create a vibrant environment at St. Columba’s, conducive to the educative process.
I am encouraged that the Alumni, who through the OCA and significantly the OCT, have been proactive in supporting the members of the Province Leadership Team, Ministries Office and the Principals in ensuring that their Alma mater shines brightly into future years.
I look forward to working with the members of the PTA and all parents, many of whom I have already met through the meetings with parents which have been organised in the Junior and Middle school.
The C.B.S.E. in its Continuous and Comprehensive Assessment tools provide an excellent and most holistic framework in which we seek to guide the growth and development of the students. Understand this context (the details are on the school website) will be immense benefit to students, parents and teachers as we work together in this great endeavour.
The School motto “SapareAude” (Dare to be Wise / Know) with the maxims “Sincere et Constanter” (Sincere and Constant) and “We Care” continue to be and always be our guiding norms.
Let us seek confidence in the Divine and bless the world around us as we move towards our destiny.
Br. E V MIRANDA
Principal, St. Columba’s School